“Show me a world I haven’t seen before!” So says veteran cinematographer Barry Braverman in his recently updated edition of Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques.
There is an old say: Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. Author Barry Braverman blows that old theorem out of the water. This is a guy who’s already bought the ‘been there, done that’ T-shirt, and has the chops to share that knowledge with students of the craft to help them avoid the potholes he’s already stepped in. Not just another by-the-numbers textbook, Video Shooter is chock full of wit, wisdom and whimsy that compels you to keep turning the pages. But just because Braverman injects his tome with a healthy does of humor, doesn’t mean he doesn’t take his craft seriously. This is a guy to is deadly serious about giving young shooters the tools they need to tell the story.
You’ll learn about shooting in both 2D and 3D. You’ll learn more about point of view, sight lines, color palettes, light control, wide-angle lenses and close-ups than your mind can absorb. Braverman covers a lot of ground in a limited number of pages, and some of the material is quite technical for a novice video shooter.
If you’re looking for a little light reading before you turn out the light at night, this is not the book for you. If you’re one of those people who thinks having a fancy camera makes you a qualified video shooter, this book is not for you. But if you really want to expand your concept of what makes a visually compelling image, Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques is an indispensable tool.